PRE-ORDER SPECIAL ONLY £20* Peaky Blinders Fact & Fiction
Publication: 15th July 2019
*Offer expires 1st June 2019
For a worldwide TV audience, the fictional Peaky Blinders are infused with drama and dread. Fashionably dressed, the charismatic but deeply flawed Shelby family blind enemies by slashing them with the disposable safety razor blades stitched in to the peaks of their flat caps, as they fight bloody gangland wars involving Irish terrorists and the authorities led by a devious Home Secretary, Winston Churchill.
But who were the real Peaky Blinders? Did they really exist?
Well- known social historian, broadcaster and author, Carl Chinn has spent decades searching them out. Now he reveals the true story of the notorious peaky blinders, one of whom was his own great grandfather, whilst, like the Shelbys, his grandfather was an illegal bookmaker in back-street Birmingham. At the same time, a light is shone on the rarely reported struggles of the working class of Birmingham - one of the great cities of the British Empire before the First World War,
The story continues after 1918 as some peaky blinders metamorphosed into the infamous Birmingham Gang. Led by the real Billy Kimber, they fought a bloody war with the actual London gangsters Darby Sabini and Alfie Solomon over valuable protection rackets extorting money from bookmakers across the booming post-war racecourses of Britain.
Drawing together a remarkably wide-range of original sources, including rarely seen images of real peaky blinders and interviews with relatives of the real 1920s gangsters, “Peaky Blinders: Fact and Fiction” adds a new dimension to the history behind this thrilling TV series.
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